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  1. Please check even familiar products, Henry got xylitol poisoning and would have died if we hadn't taken him to the evet because the pudding I had been buying for a while switched artificial sweetners. I know some companies were putting it in peanut butter so far.
  2. I would take her in in the am, but not rush in to the evet if she seems basically okay. Leo had a break and beneath where we could see there was another break that had to be cleaned up under sedation (he was fine by the way).
  3. I wouldn't, unless I was on a cross-country move alone or something, just to paranoid. I like the cell-phone idea, if you absolutely need to.
  4. Sorry I didn't see this in time, but yes, lidocaine is fine, good choice. I have had difficulty getting a deep webbing cut to heal (even with extensive stitching), but it eventually "healed" with a permanent split in the webbing and the dog retained full function and no pain, so even if it doesn't heal up in a pretty way, try not to worry. And yes, keep a really careful lookout for sores in between the toes.
  5. X-ray shows mostly soft tissue swelling with some bone "growth"--it had a technical term I'm forgetting--suggesting arthritis, we're going to try Meloxicam and re-xray in a month, just to be on the safe side that we're not missing anything.
  6. It doesn't seem like a dislocation (we deal with those with Leo a lot), but fingers are crossed it's that presenting differently than I'm used to or a sprain. There's no warmth or redness to indicate an infection and it's not getting worse so I decided to wait until Tuesday when he can see his normal vet, I'll ask for an x-ray.
  7. Anyone experienced this? Henry's pretty stoic so I'm not sure how long it's been bothering him, but we've been bad parents and focused more on Leo's issues so it's probably been two weeks. I'm going to call the vet in the morning, but any thoughts about this and osteo?
  8. Thank you, someone local wanted him (we were 3 hours away), so I hope he will spend his days being spoiled. I only heard about him because my friend fosters for the local animal shelter where he was, it's sad how often they get dogs who haven't been receiving heart worm pills, for this little guy it was too late.
  9. Prednisone, in my experience, will give you more happy, comfortable days, but may or may not extend life. We did see a rapid and complete reduction in lymph node swelling right after starting prednisone, when they came back, that's when we knew to start preparing ourselves for the end. Murphy was starving on it, we went to four meals a day, kibble supplemented with cooked meat. I don't know how common this is, but his iron levels dropped a lot, we chose to fix it with cooked chicken livers, but if we'd been willing to take him back to to the vet for bloodwork, supplements would have been an option if you can't deal with the liver.
  10. We're thinking of "fostering" a beagle who's heart worm is too advanced to treat, we'd be his hospice care/bucket list providers. Any experiences with this and what to expect? The internet seems to think it wouldn't put Henry and Leo at risk (plus they're on heart worm prevention), but is that right?
  11. I'm so sorry. We went through this with Murphy and opted out of chemo for various reasons, feel free to message me if you want to talk or let me know if you have questions.
  12. You want it snug, but so you can stick your finger in there.
  13. I don't know the specifics of this type of cancer, but imo, no, "cancer isn't cancer", there are different types, different treatment options depending on type/stage/age/etc, and different choices a grey parent might make, for many good reasons. There are so many great vets out there, and this doesn't sound like one of them.
  14. I'm so sorry you're facing this, I'm also in the better a day to soon camp but I know it's hard. Some things that might make it easier for you. At home euthanasia if possible. I've had all mine cremated along with a favorite toy, not sure why but it made me feel better, this has never been an issue, just tell the vet. Expect to feel lousy for a while afterwards, it does not mean you made the wrong choice, and it will get easier even though it doesn't feel that way.
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